As National Friendship Month, September is a time to celebrate our friends and all the amazing things we love about them. It’s also the perfect time for me to share my new “A Friend Loveth at All Times” coloring page:
This coloring page features Proverbs 17:17, which reads, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
The second part of that verse sounds a little like a statement about sibling rivalry, although some translations interpret it it to mean a brother is born “to help in times of trouble.” But the meaning of the first part of the verse is crystal clear, isn’t it? A true friend is loyal. Not fickle. A true friend never stops loving.
During my grade school years, such friends — I thought at the time — were conspicuously absent from my life. I remember bemoaning this fact to my mother at the dinner table one afternoon when I was seven or eight. “I don’t have any friends,” I told her, “and the ones I do have aren’t that good.”
They were not loyal. They were unreliable. One day, they’d treat me nicely, and the next they’d say hateful things to my face.
So do you know what my sweet mother did? She took me by the hand and went door-to-door throughout our little neighborhood seeking a new playmate for me. She did it because she loved me. Still does. In fact, she’s never wavered in her love for me. She truly “loveth at all times.”
As an adult, I finally recognize what I didn’t see as a child — that my own dear mother is the kind of friend I was craving all those many years ago. My sister is, too. God’s been so good to give me many more such faithful friends over the past five decades, including a devoted husband and twelve wonderful children, some fabulous in-laws, and nineteen grandchildren (so far), for whom I’m eternally grateful.
So I’m celebrating all my friends this month. Thanking God for bringing them into my life. Brainstorming ways to be better friends to them in return. And wishing for you that kind of friend, as well.
I hope you’ve been blessed with at least a few friends who will love you regardless. And, even more, I pray you’ll draw close to that Friend who sticks closer than a brother and who proved His unfailing love for you by dying on the cross to pay for your sins and mine: the Lord Jesus Christ. For “Greater love has no one than this, that one would lay down his life for a friend.” (John 15:13)
More to Color:
I hope you enjoy this week’s coloring page. If you like to color, then come back again next Sunday for a new one. To download any of the pages I’ve published in the past, simply follow this link: Free Christian Coloring Pages.
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